Special Issue "Membrane Technologies for Nutrient Recovery"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Sandra Rosenberger

Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Albrechtstraße 30, 49076 Osnabrück, Germany
Website | E-Mail
Interests: membrane bioreactors; anaerobic digestion; membrane driven nutrient recovery; membrane biomass interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With new contaminants, lower detection limits, and a rising population, traditional contaminant removal concepts for waste and wastewater treatment are under considerable strain. Generating effluents of higher quality continuously increases energy demand and the environmental footprint of the treatment facilities. I am convinced that these limits will provoke a paradigm shift from pollution removal to resource recovery in the near future. Resource recovery offers possibilities for the simultaneous production of clean water, energy, and nutrients. In times of finite mineral resources and increasing fertilizer demand, nutrient recycling will be a necessary subsequent step towards a circular economy.

Rethinking contaminants as resources offers new process solutions for many complex aqueous suspensions like wastewater, agricultural and biowaste streams, livestock manure, and digestates. Due to their modular set-up and selectivity, membranes offer a great potential to increase the technical and economic feasibility of resource recovery. They can be applied as part of the process chain or as an end of pipe solution, depending on the task. They can be used for physical separation or as part of a hybrid system with biological and chemical processes. The membrane toolbox offers various possibilities to recover nutrients and design specific recycling products. Recent work includes the whole range of membrane application from microfiltration to forward osmosis.

I would like to invite you to share your work on nutrient recovery and submit your original research or critical review articles to this Special Issue on “Membrane Technologies for Nutrient Recovery”.

Prof. Dr. Sandra Rosenberger
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • recovery
  • recycling
  • nutrient
  • water
  • energy
  • wastewater
  • sludge
  • waste
  • phosphate
  • ammonia

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
Membranes EISSN 2077-0375 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top